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Detroit Metal City

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Detroit Metal City (DVD)

This isn't the music I wanted to play!! Not this kind of band at all! Soichi Negishi is a sweet and shy young man who dreams of becoming a trendy singer songwriter. But for some reason, he is forced into joiningthe devil worshiping death metal band "Detroit Metal City" (DMC). In full stage make-up and costume, he transforms into Johannes Krauser II (Sir Krauser) the vulgar-mouthed lead vocalist of the band. But he must keep this a secret from his crush Yuri Aikawa who strongly despises death metal. What would she think if she found out? But against Negishi's will, DMC rises to stardom. Now the legendary king of death metal Jack ill Dark himself is challenging DMC to a dual. What is the fate of the innocent Negishi as he climbs to the top of the death metal world…

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X3BYN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Detroit Metal City" on IMDb

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By Christopher Barrett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2013
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I've seen this film a few times, and it always tickles me! I saw the price drop on Amazon so I snagged it for a song.

Basically this is a film based on a manga series. The manga series is MUCH more offensive and shocking than the film, so if you've read the manga, expect this to be a bit more tame.

The story follows a young Japanese musician who gets conned into joining a heavy metal band called DMC. He really just wants to sing old Enka and pop songs, but can't really seem to quit DMC out of fear of his she-devil manager. He falls in love with a very wholesome girl who really loves his acoustic and sappy pop songs, but hates DMC. Oh, and since he's in total costume and makeup, nobody knows he's the real lead singer of DMC: Sir Krauser II.

As a viewer you really can't take things too seriously in this film. At times DMC sings about 'raping all the women' or 'don't have parents because I murdered them' and so on. But when you see that the band members are really just singing these songs because it's expected of a hard core metal band, it makes it less shocking. Still, the super fans do comment on things such as Krauser holding the fastest rape record of 11 rapes in under a minute. Again. Just really offensive yet somehow humorous. Especially since Krauser walks by (not in makeup) when this happens and the fans shove him out of the way calling him a sissy.

It's not for everyone. But if you can get past a bit of the explicit and often offensive humor, then you can enjoy the movie. I do love when 'Krauser' scares his little brother into being a good son - 'you have to mow the lawn to practice for cutting the heads off fools' or 'learn to love and care for the animals so that you can be the master of beasts'. Funny stuff.

I've watched it with at least 10 other friends at various times, and not one person has hated the film or been so offended that they couldn't watch it.
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this movie is hilarious. it also allows the main actor, kenichi matsuyama, to show off his acting talent as he juggles his two roles between that of a geek and the head of a heavy metal band.
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I wanted to check this movie out after learning that Kenichi Matsuyama was in it. I loved him in the Death Note movies and wanted to see if he was as great in other roles. My boyfriend had seen the anime version of it and was interested in seeing if they kept it similar. During the first viewing, we were both laughing so hard we couldn't stop! We have since bought a copy and watched it quite a few times. I put this on if I just want to laugh. My boyfriend says there are a lot of differences between the anime and this one but he ejoyed both in their own right. If you are looking for something to just laugh at and enjoy the Japanese comedic absurdity, you will love this!
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this movie is drop dead hilarious. it is full of comedy and misunderstandings... i didnt know dmc was a comic before this movie and i gave this movie a shot because it has my favourite actor, kennichi matsuyama and favourite actress, rosa kato in it working together, i was sure it would be a real treat and it was ! :D both of them shine as actors and dont dissapoint, they play the roles so well that you swear they were real people :D it also has a strong message in it which really touched my heart... thing is that im not sure if the message was appropriate in such a rude psycho comedy XD the message soon leaves your head after seeing more of the obscene tactics by the great and hilarious sir krauser
(sorry if my topic changed)
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I am not too familiar with the manga or anime of this story, but from what I've seen, this version is a bit tamer. The transformation that the actor makes between his two personalities is over-the-top both ways, which can be pretty funny! This is a silly film. It is also a love story. The offbeat (but at times stereo-types characters) are entertaining. If you're in the right frame of mind to be entertained by the goofy adventures of the main character as he tries to figure out how to swing between the world of ultra-sweet folk music & head banging death metal, you'll enjoy this film.
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Having to play two lives is hard and Kenichi Matsuyama really does an awesome job acting as a hardcore rock star who wants to play songs of happiness and get the girl of his dreams. If you loved Death Note you will love a little comic relief with this movie!
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I saw this movie before the Death Note movies came out and I've loved it since. It's one of his best comedic roles. I watch this movie whenever I can and I enjoy it every time. This is a MUST if you are a Kenichii Matsuyama fan, a MUST.
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